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Roy Keane accused of “sour grapes” following Jack Grealish penalty criticism

Trevor Sinclair believes Roy Keane’s penalty criticism directed at Jack Grealish stems from a bit of “sour grapes”.

The England midfielder failed to step up for the Three Lions as they came up short in a penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 final.

Gianluigi Donnarumma saved three penalties to guide the Azzurri to victory, the last of which was from Bukayo Saka.

Keane felt as if more seasons pros like Grealish and Raheem Sterling should’ve stepped up before the Arsenal teenager.

The Manchester United legend said on ITV: “If you’re Sterling or Grealish, you cannot sit there and have a young kid go up for a penalty ahead of you.

“You cannot let a shy 19-year-old go up in front of you.

Bukayo Saka missed the crucial fifth penalty

“They have a lot more experience, Sterling has won trophies, they had to get in front of the young kid and stand up.”

Grealish has since responded on social media insisting he offered to take one but allowed manager Gareth Southgate to make the final call.

The Aston Villa playmaker has enjoyed an excellent few years as his helps establish his hometown club as a top flight side.

England caps have come as a resulted, but as a youngster Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland.

He played for the Emerald Isle at U21 level before choosing the Three Lions.

Jack Grealish played for Ireland as a youngster
Jack Grealish played for Ireland as a youngster

And Sinclair reckons Keane’s comments stem from a bitterness towards Grealish’s decision.

He told TalkSport: “As we all know, Roy Keane has got an opinion. But you can’t just accept that knowing it’s not the truth.

“Roy Keane’s not privileged, we are not privileged at talkSPORT to know what was going on in those meetings when we’re talking about penalties.

“I believe Jack. I don’t think he’s a shrinking violet. He’s a player who steps up to the plate. When you want to make a name for yourself, that’s when you step up.

“I think with Roy Keane, with the fact Jack Grealish left the Irish squad, went to the England squad, I think there’s a little bit of sour grapes there personally.”

Speaking after the shootout defeat at Wembley Southgate made it clear that responsibility for who took penalties and when rested with him.

He said: “It’s my responsibility. I chose the players to take the kicks. We decided to make the changes near the end of the game, and we win and lose together as a team.”

On the penalty-takers, as well as the order, he added: “We worked through them in training. That was the order that we came to. But that’s my call.”




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